The winter holiday season is kicking off with a bang in Somerville this weekend with winter markets popping up all over town. One that you shouldn’t miss is the Union Square Winter Craft Market, which takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Precinct and on the plaza out front.
“It’s a way to support the local economy,” said Mimi Graney, director of Union Square Main Streets. “It’ll help people think about shopping local.”
The market’s eighth year in business will see vendors old and new taking over Union Square as holiday shoppers get a jump on the season. There will be everything fron letterpress goods (from Somerville’s Union Press and Albertine Press) and jewelry to soaps and accessories. Expect fun kids’ stuff, from hair bows to toys, as well as a variety of unisex gifts. You’ll also be able to purchase wreaths and other natural material decor from the Community Growing Center.
As a curated market, there promises to be a good mix of items of various price points, from stocking stuffers to more expensive gifts. Though most of the products fall in the $25-$50 range.
In addition to vendors both outside on the Union Square Plaza and inside the Precinct, Black Magic Coffee will be on hand brewing up cappuccinos and other caffeinated beverages to keep you cozy.
There are a few other holiday markets happening in Somerville this weekend, it’s the first Winter Farmers Market and Vernon Street is opening its studio doors to the community, making it a festive weekend in town. (Look for a post on Vernon Street tomorrow!)
“Our goal is to get people to go from one thing to the next,” Graney said. She added that she’s seen people’s spending at the Union Square Farmers Market translate to higher sales at neighborhood businesses, which she hopes will happen this weekend too. “You’re more likely to go to four things than one thing.”
Union Square Winter Craft Market
Union Square Plaza and the Precinct
Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.